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Our view: Staying cool in heat wave

It’s already been an unusually warm first half of 2012.

Winter amounted to, well, an early spring. And parts of early spring felt more like mid- to late summer.

There have been some cooler days here and there, but through June 26, we’ve already had more days in the 90s than some entire years.

But if you think 90 is hot, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

A high pressure system that’s brought record heat to the Plains is moving into the Midwest, with temperatures expecting to reach the lower 90s in McHenry County today and up to 102 degrees on Thursday.

With humidity factored in, it will feel more like 110 degrees on Thursday, according to Accuweather meteorologist Meghan Evans.

Accuweather and other weather outlets are calling the pending weather conditions dangerous and are urging residents to take caution.

What can you do?

First, avoid strenuous activities outdoors, especially during the hottest parts of the day. If you need to exercise, do yard work, or some other outdoor activity, try to do it in the early morning or in the evening. Of course, stay in air conditioning as much as possible.

Also, drink plenty of water. You need to keep your body hydrated all the time, but especially during extreme heat.

If you have children, make sure outdoor surfaces – car seats, picnic tables, playground equipment, etc. – aren’t too hot before kids come in contact with them.

Never leave your child or pets unattended in a car, even with the windows open.

Check on older family members, friends and neighbors to make sure they’re coping OK.

It’s looking like the high temperatures are going to be with us for several days. The next day with a high in the 80s isn’t until Tuesday.

So be prepared to ride the heat wave out. Stay safe.

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